New Delhi, June 29 (ANI): Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that one of the key goals of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) is to increase the public expenditure in health sector.
Addressing the meeting of the Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry, Azad said: "We need to increase the public sector expenditure during the 12th plan to further improve the healthcare scenario in this country and also start the Urban Health Mission.
"Increased public sector spending will help to mitigate the problems faced by the poor who often have to bear high out of pocket expenses on account of hospitalisation and purchase of drugs, due to un-availability of public health care services," he added.
He informed that over the past six years of NRHM Rs 63,268.00 crores have been released to the States.
"The absorptive capacity of the States has gone up significantly over the years and they are utilising more and more funds for achieving better outputs and outcomes", he noted.
Emphasising that augmentation of human resources is one of the key thrust areas under NRHM, Azad said that in spite of financial and human resource incentives, the availability of doctors and medical persons is still a major constraint in providing adequate health care to the remote and inaccessible areas.
He informed that till March 2011, 8.49 lakh ASHAs and link workers have been selected in the entire country out of which 8.06 lakh have been given the orientation training and engaged. (ANI)